Lunar Lion Students in THON

                Lunar Lion is filled with students who in addition to spending their time working on a moon mission put forth the effort towards other great causes, such as helping to raise funds to combat pediatric cancer.  That cause (THON) has developed into a yearly Penn State tradition and the largest student-run philanthropy in the world involving thousands of Penn State students (many of whom build a personal connection with the very children and families they are helping).  Last weekend, THON managed to shatter its own record and raise $13,343,517.33 ‘For The Kids’ (FTK).  All funds are donated to the Four Diamonds Fund, a charity that devotes its efforts to funding research and caring for patients at the Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital. 

                We as a team are proud to count some of our own amongst the thousands of incredible students who participate in THON.  This year, two of our members (Marissa Miller and Natalie Hoopes) were chosen as dancers (an honor given to a select few).  Dancers remain on their feet for a total of 46 hours throughout all of THON weekend to show their support for the cause.  Marissa and Natalie were chosen to dance on behalf of the off-campus student union and engineering house, respectively. 

                When asked why she chose to participate in THON, Marissa stated that “Since the day I decided on Penn State, I knew I wanted to be part of the fight against pediatric cancer. Dancing this weekend will be so special for me and I know every single thing we do makes a difference.” 

While it is impressive that over thirteen million dollars was raised for the fight against pediatric cancer, it is truly incredible to know that thousands of students at Penn State volunteer their time to help make a difference.  Once again, the Lunar Lion Team is proud of the many students, including our own, who have and will continue to make a difference in the lives of others. 

Good work and keep Dancing!

Marissa Miller (Marketing Team Lead)


Natalie Hoopes (Right) Lead of the Lunar Regolith Simulation Team

The Bryce Jordan Center (BJC) during THON weekend.

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